Department of Computer Science

Computing education research and educational technology

Computer science, psychology, and education.
Education technology used in class room, symbolic illustration by Matti Ahlgren

Computing education research (CER) contributes scientific knowledge about the learning and teaching of computer programming and other areas of computing education; develops software tools, pedagogies, and theoretical models to help computing students and teachers; and evaluates such tools, pedagogies, and models empirically.

CER is an interdisciplinary field at the cross-section of computer science, psychology, and education.

We develop and apply educational technology, learning analytics and educational data mining to improve computing education as well as other fields of education.

Research topics: Computing education research, learning analytics, educational technology.

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Latest publications

Exploring the Past, Present and Future of Computing Education Research: An Introduction

Mikko Apiola, Sonsoles López-Pernas, Mohammed Saqr, Lauri Malmi, Mats Daniels 2023 Past, Present and Future of Computing Education Research : A Global Perspective

Empirical Evaluation of a Differentiated Assessment of Data Structures: The Role of Prerequisite Skills

Marjahan Begum, Pontus Haglund, Ari Korhonen, Violetta Lonati, Mattia Monga, Filip Strömbäck, Artturi Tilanterä 2023 Informatics in Education

Teaching Programming with Graphics: Pitfalls and a Solution

Luca Chiodini, Juha Sorva, Matthias Hauswirth 2023 Proceedings of the 2023 ACM SIGPLAN International Symposium on SPLASH-E

Considering Computing Education in Undergraduate Computer Science Programmes

Quintin Cutts, Maria Kallia, Ruth Anderson, Tom Crick, Marie Devlin, Mohammed Farghally, Claudio Mirolo, Ragnhild Kobro Runde, Otto Seppälä, Jaime Urquiza-Fuentes, Jan Vahrenhold 2023 ITiCSE 2023 - Proceedings of the 2023 Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education

What is Computing Education Research (CER)?

Mats Daniels, Lauri Malmi, Arnold Pears, Simon Simon 2023 Past, Present and Future of Computing Education Research

Synthesizing research on programmers’ mental models of programs, tasks and concepts — A systematic literature review

Ava Heinonen, Bettina Lehtelä, Arto Hellas, Fabian Fagerholm 2023 Information and Software Technology

Time-constrained Code Recall Tasks for Monitoring the Development of Programming Plans

Ava Heinonen, Arto Hellas 2023 SIGCSE 2023 - Proceedings of the 54th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education

Exploring the Responses of Large Language Models to Beginner Programmers’ Help Requests

Arto Hellas, Juho Leinonen, Sami Sarsa, Charles Koutcheme, Lilja Kujanpää, Juha Sorva 2023 ICER '23: Proceedings of the 2023 ACM Conference on International Computing Education Research - Volume 1

Automated Program Repair Using Generative Models for Code Infilling

Charles Koutcheme, Sami Sarsa, Juho Leinonen, Arto Hellas, Paul Denny 2023 Artificial Intelligence in Education : 24th International Conference, AIED 2023, Tokyo, Japan, July 3–7, 2023, Proceedings

Evaluating Distance Measures for Program Repair

Charles Koutcheme, Sami Sarsa, Juho Leinonen, Lassi Haaranen, Arto Hellas 2023 ICER '23: Proceedings of the 2023 ACM Conference on International Computing Education Research - Volume 1
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